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ATLAS Speaker Series: Andrew Chien, The Changing Landscape of Innovation -- Andrew A. Chien, the William Eckhardt Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago, discussed the technical factors behind the end of Moore’s law (which states that transistor counts double every two years), the new landscape that will emerge and its impact on innovation during a presentation March 12 in ATLAS. The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
For a video of his presentation, click here. (NOTE: All videos now have improved audio.)

Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Jim Franklin, Chief Executive Officer, SendGrid -- Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, ITP, and the Boulder Software Club presented Jim Franklin as the Entrepreneurs Unplugged featured speaker on March 5. Franklin is the CEO of SendGrid Inc., a Foundry-backed infrastructure applications company.
Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students and community members with technical backgrounds learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship.
For a video of his presentation, click here.

March 2012

Sterling named winner of Anita Borg's Women of Vision Social Impact Award

Revi Sterling, the Director of the ATLAS graduate program in Information and Communication Technology for Development, has been named the winner of the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Social Impact Award. The Institute noted that Sterling "is recognized for conceiving, implementing and leading programs that have had a direct, positive and lasting impact on the lives of women...Today, she is creating a new generation of 'academic practitioners' who can create innovative technologies while solving difficult community development problems that continue to stymie the international development field."
For more information about this prestigious award, click here.

Charming Hostess performs as part of Jewish Culture Week

Charming Hostess, a music ensemble at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness, performed in the ATLAS Black Box March 8 as part of the Week of Jewish Culture events organized by Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado. The performance was recorded using new ATLAS HD digital video cameras and a three-way live switcher as part of a series showcasing artists and providing high-quality shows to the community.

The performance, entitled "The Ginzburg Geography," is based on the life and work of Italian anti-fascists Natalia and Leone Ginzburg and included music from Italian Jewish liturgy, the oldest and most remote in Europe, as well as Italian anti-fascist songs, work chants and resistance anthems. Charming Hostess was founded by Jewlia Eisenberg (at right in photo above) in 1998.

Boulder Laptop Orchestra performs original works in Black Box

BLOrk (Boulder Laptop Orchestra), an eclectic ensemble of musicians equipped with laptops, hemispherical speakers, traditional instruments and MIDI controllers, performed in the ATLAS Black Box on Feb. 24. The group performed a variety of original pieces under the direction of John Gunther, an assistant professor of jazz studies at CU.
For a video excerpt of the performance, click here.

Guest speaker will produce sci-fi/thriller Web show for Google

Tony Valenzuela, who recently was contracted by Google to produce a weekly dramatic Web series in collaboration with the creator of the popular television show CSI, was a guest speaker March 15 in ATLAS board member Kathie Broyle’s Creating Identity class. Valenzuela's career includes accomplishments in the music, advertising and television industries. The series will be a mixture of horror, science fiction and suspense. It will be posted to BlackBoxTV, a video program site created by Valenzuela, at

ATLAS student gets app approved for Mac App Store

Devon Tivona, a student in Aileen Pierce's Mobile Applications Development class last semester, created an application that was accepted into the Mac App Store. It's called Wordy: The Logophile's Primer, and it aggregates information from several dictionaries to provide definitions, synonyms and more. It also has a fun word of the day to help build vocabulary. Tivona created the app in Pierce's ATLAS class, kept working on it and got it into the app store. Other applications built in the class included a CU parking locator, an app that records the speed of a skier, a dictionary of acronyms in the ICTD space and an Africa conflict tracker. In addition, Tivona and another student, Eric Horacek, partnered on creating a student planner application called Erudio that won the CU Mobile Application Challenge competition, sponsored by the student group called CSUAC (Computer Science Undergraduate Advising Committee).

Research Roundup

Ph.D. Students
• Meg Ambrose and ATLAS Associate Director Jill Van Matre were on the "Right to be Forgotten: Forgiveness or Censorship?" panel at the South By Southwest interactive conference this month in Austin, Texas. A Huffington Post article about the panel is here.
Ambrose, Nicole Friess and Van Matre also recently co-authored "Seeking Digital Redemption: The Future of Forgiveness in the Internet Age." Ambrose also is presenting at the Information Ethics Roundable April 28, the Privacy Law Scholars Conference on June 7, and is writing a paper for a special issue of the International Review of Information Ethics, The Ethics of Secrecy.

• Calvin C. Pohawpatchoko Jr. was interviewed by about proposed jobs with call centers. To read the interview, click here.

• Heather Underwood's PartoPen research project will be presented at the 2012 ICTD conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in March, and at the 2012 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Austin, Texas, in May. The PartoPen is a digital pen application that helps identify potential problems during labor and birth. The pen interacts with a standard health monitoring paper form called a Partograph, which tracks and monitors various stages of labor and birth. Underwood also will be leading a workshop at the ICTD conference in Atlanta that focuses on improving the presentation and public speaking skills of junior researchers in the field. During spring break, she will return to Kenya to conduct a small-scale pilot study of the fully implemented PartoPen project with nurses and nursing students.

• Kara Behnke will make a poster presentation at the Foundations of Digital Games Conference May 29-June 1 in Raleigh, N.C. She also plans to attend the Games for Change Festival June 18-20 in New York. Students in her advanced game development ATLAS course are submitting to the CU New Venture Challenge, which will be held March 19.

ICTD Master's Students
• Lise St. Denis co-wrote a paper with Amanda Hughes and Leysia Palen entitled "Trial by Fire: The Deployment of Trusted Digital Volunteers in the 2011 Shadow Lake Fire." She will present the paper at ISCRAM 2012 conference April 21-25 in Vancouver, Canada.

• Matt Hulse attended the Engineers Without Borders International Conference March 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Save the dates

There Can Only Be One
Who do we love most and why? What is it that makes us choose one person over another? Performers Brooke Gessay and Lauren Beale, both MFA dance candidates at CU, will use dialogue, dance, film and improvisation to express the highs and lows of wanting to be chosen. At the end of the evening, audiences will vote to select which character gets to stay and which one has to go. Audience members can participate in an interactive installation that can influence the performance from 7-7:25 p.m. in the ATLAS lobby each night prior to the performances. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested. To RSVP, email
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, Black Box

ATLAS Speaker Series: The Challenges of our Growing Population
Eric Rasmussen will look into the impact of increasing populations on cities and the challenges that result when people migrate into cities from the villages and farms of the world, including poverty, malnutrition, and disaster vulnerability. Eric Rasmussen is a clinical physician and research professor for environmental security and global medicine at San Diego State University.
The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
5 p.m. Monday, March 19, Cofrin Auditorium

LIGHT: A Musical Journey
This five-movement musical work explores various concepts of light from the spiritual and emotional to the physical. Scored for chamber orchestra, children's choir, rock band, male octet and soloists, each group will express a different aspect of light. The concept of light will transform as the piece progresses, meandering through different instrumentations, tonal centers, styles, textures and media. The piece is written and directed by College of Music instructor Kari Kraakevik.
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, Black Box

ATLAS Speaker Series: Can the Multiplayer Classroom Revolutionize Teaching?
Lee Sheldon, author of The Multiplayer Classroom, will look at the synergy between video game design and education occurring when students come to class to play and learn. Sheldon is associate professor and co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His talk is entitled "Video Game Design & Education: Can the Multiplayer Classroom Revolutionize Teaching?"
The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
5 p.m. Monday, April 9, Cofrin Auditorium

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The ATLAS Institute (The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society), established in 1997 at CU-Boulder, is a campus-wide entrepreneurial catalyst and incubator for innovative interdisciplinary research and creative, educational outreach programs, made possible by information and communications technology.

ATLAS programs:
- Technology, Media and Society Ph.D.
- Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development
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